The Crown evolved out of Morgan's 2006 film The Queen and 2013 stage play The Audience. The series is intended to last 60 episodes over six seasons, with 10 one-hour episodes per season, covering Elizabeth's life from her younger years to her reign, and with new actors being cast every two seasons.
Claire Foy portrays the Queen in the first two seasons, alongside
Matt Smith as Prince Philip and
Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret.
Olivia Colman will take over for Foy as the Queen in the third and fourth seasons. Filming for the series takes place at
Elstree Studios in
Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, with
location shooting at various locations throughout the United Kingdom.
The first season was released on
Netflix on November 4, 2016, while the second was released on December 8, 2017. The series has been renewed for a third and fourth season. The Crown has received widespread critical acclaim for its acting, directing, writing, cinematography, production merits, and the relatively accurate historical accounts of Queen Elizabeth's reign. Significant praise in the first season was directed towards the performances of Foy in the leading role and
John Lithgow as
Winston Churchill. The series has received several accolades, including winning
Best Actress and
Best Actor at the
23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards for Foy and Lithgow, respectively, and receiving thirteen nominations for the
69th Primetime Emmy Awards, including
Outstanding Drama Series.